This article contains a list of various resources that we use to create costumes or other magical things for Mardi Gras!  It is a continuing work in progress.  If you have something that should be added, please contact the technology team.  And of course, don't ever forget both local and online for Target, Walmart and Amazon for most any of these categories.

Beads come in all shapes and sizes and are available from any number of resources.  Note that unless you are going to order beads and then pick them up yourself, you can expect to pay almost as much to have them shipped as you paid for the beads to begin with!  Some of them are listed here:

Celastic LT is a plastic impregnated fabric which becomes moldable when activated with things like Acetone (think fingernail polish).  One it is dry, it becomes a light weight but hard material which can be drilled, sanded and painted.

Cigarettes - Vapes - sometimes you just need a little smoke

Coraplast - plastic formed like corrugated card board - used to make large light weight costume pieces.  Slightly translucent

  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's

Crowns - that little necessity for new royalty

Fabric - the basics for all good clothes.  None of us want to be the emperor (wearing his new clothes).  Many of the mail order only companies will sell you reasonably priced swatches if you want a better handle on what they have before you spend a lot of money.

Feathers always add to the size of a costume with little extra weight.  (Keep in mind that the wind mass may be considerable however!)

Foam Core - think a poster board sandwich with a styrofoam like center - used to make large light weight costume pieces

  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's

Lighting makes you shine just a little bit more

  • - is a cool product that looks like very small neon lighting (think the size of a phone charging cable)

Heels make you taller - and more dangerous!

Rhinestones always add to the glitz.

Stockings and other assorted ready to go pieces - somethings are just cheaper to buy

Wirework.  The wire we use for wirework gets harder and harder to find - but here is a mailorder source.  Sometimes you can find it at a Tru-Value hardware store - but you want to make sure it is coated ALUMINUM wire.  The steel weighs significantly more and is much harder to bend.

And, of course, it never hurts to shop somewhere where you don't have to pay taxes if you are a member of the Krewe:

  • Arne's - 000-001-0596